Blumhouse Productions has had great financial success making horror movies for little money that recoup their small budgets in the first weekend. See: the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and the 2012 surprise hit “Sinister.”
You can almost imagine the conversation that ignited the idea for “The Purge,” the new horror from writer-director James DeMonaco. The home-invasion genre has been trotted out countless times over the years, so DeMonaco and Blumhouse put a spin on the familiar narrative device. Instead of just having people trapped in a home doing their best to evade killers, they decided to add a social commentary angle.
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